The Sex Lives of Insects

Here’s an interesting WSJ article about a new book on the sex lives of insects. It prompted one sex researcher to ask: “Did you know that bedbug males penetrate the exoskeleton of females to fertilize them?” And to comment:  “Now that’s penetration!”

Can what is known about insects improve your sex life? The diet of the honeybee queen determines her pheromone production, and every aspect of the hive’s social behavior, including the neuroanatomy of the worker bee’s brain? Now that’s determination!

If the maternal pheromones of mammals alter the developing male brain in a sexually differentiated manner, as I have detailed, the sexual behavior of male mammals may also be conditioned to occur by olfactory/pheromonal stimuli. So, as long as we’re looking at the sex lives of insects, should we not also look at some other comparisons?

The honeybee already serves as a model organism for studying human immunity, disease resistance, allergic reaction, circadian rhythms, antibiotic resistance, development, mental health, longevity, and diseases of the X chromosome. Included among these different aspects of eusocial species survival are learning and memory as well as conditioned responses to sensory stimuli.

Is there any reason to believe that human pheromones are a less powerful influence on human behavior than are honeybee pheromones? The molecular biology of the mechanisms involved is clearly the same.

Kudos to anyone else who helps to detail the cross-species comparisons.

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James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society